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New possible dam collapse threatens the Brazilian accident mine

The alarm started early on Sunday, January 27, local time in a pond in the mining community Brumadinho, near the city of Belo Horizonte, located in eastern Brazil. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: TV NBR
The alarm started early on Sunday, January 27, local time in a pond in the mining community Brumadinho, near the city of Belo Horizonte, located in eastern Brazil. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: TV NBR
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Markku Björkman - 27 Jan 2019

In Brazil, authorities are warning about a new possible dam collapse in exactly the same mine complex where an accident on Friday 25 January caused at least 34 casualties, while 300 people are still missing, says Svenska Yle.

According to the authorities, this means that serious cracks have even occurred in the pond, which is close to the pond that collapsed on 25 of January.

Inhabitants were invited via loudspeakers to search for higher heights.

The pond, which now risks collapsing, also belongs to the mining company Vale, which has received extensive criticism for serious misdemeanours.

The Brazilian government decided to freeze three billion dollars of the company's assets, writes Svenska Yle, citing AP.

The company, which already received a fine of over $ 60 million, is most likely to pay huge sums in damages due to the accident

The accident dam was 42 years old and nearly 90 meters high, but Vale claims that it has been approved in security audits.